At 12 feet high and 40 feet wide, the sculpture will be situated in the middle of Robert Is Here's grow field in Homestead. Facing east and highly visible from the intersection of 344th Street and 192nd Avenue, STAY GOLD is destined to become a new Miami public art landmark in a very unexpected place, as well as beacon of activity for the South Dade community.
When the sun sets into the Everglades behind the sculpture, its light will shine through the letters themselves, as it's the negative space that is made up of metal.
Sunlight is a major theme in Jessy's work, and the text, "STAY GOLD," plays into that on-going consideration, as well as addressing the play of light the sculpture will enact. It's also partially inspired by The Outsiders and by Robert Frost's poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Frost lived in Miami for the last twenty winters of his life, in a cottage he called, "Pencil Pines."
We hope the sculpture serves as a monument to Miami's literary history, as well as a call to action to protect the fragile South Florida ecosystem.
STAY GOLD was a winner of the 2018 Public Space Challenge from the Miami Foundation. We received $16,000, which we've already used to put a deposit down on the sculpture's fabrication. (Our fabrication partner is the incredible team at ALT BLD.)
Robert Is Here has generously given us a free lease of the land on which to erect the sculpture, and they've invited us to activate the land around the sculpture using community partners.
O, Miami will produce free community programs ranging from poetry workshops, yoga classes, bike rides, and meditations, and these activations will mostly target South Dade residents, including the families of incarcerated people at nearby Dade Correctional Institute.
The money we received from the Public Space Challenge took us about halfway there. We've managed to cobble together money from a couple of grants to get us an extra $10,000, so we're only $10,000 away from realizing this dream project.
We need your support to help us get there!
WHY SOUTH DADE?
If you've been to Miami in the last five years, you've probably been to Wynwood, where public art is abundant. But most of Miami isn't Wynwood.
Most of Miami does not have great public art.
Robert Is Here is a family-owned farm stand in Homestead that has been a Miami institution since 1959, when 7-year old Robert Moehling started selling fruit by the side of the road.
And Robert is still there, selling delicious fruit, smoothies, honey, and other Florida delicacies to locals and tourists alike.
Using the sculpture and the natural beauty of the field as a locus for activity, our goal is to make the sculpture a reason for tourists and locals alike to visit South Dade and get to know the many amazing people, businesses, and cultural opportunities it possesses.
WHO IS JESSY NITE?
Jessy Nite is a contemporary artist based in Miami, FL. Jessy’s work is best characterized by site-specific, interactive works that place conceptual art into public places. Her signature use of color and custom-made typography intersect a variety of disciplines, carrying a playful but deeply rooted narrative.
You can see Jessy's work inside Facebook's headquarters and all over buildings in Miami, including the Nike flagship store on Lincoln Road and the Soho Beach House, and on the boardwalk in Ashbury Park, NJ. She has exhibited internationally, most notably in London, Zurich, Vienna, and Bangkok.
Here are some of Jessy's previous public art works:
WHO IS O, MIAMI?
The goal of the annual O, Miami Poetry Festival is for every single person in Greater Miami to encounter a poem during the month of April. Since 2011, we've produced or co-produced over 700 events and projects designed to collapse the distance between people and poetry, and those projects have been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR's All Things Considered, The New Yorker, and ESPN. We've painted poems on rooftops, put them in supermarket checkout lanes, rolled them into beach sand, golf-leafed them into urinals, sewn them into clothing, played them in sea shells, and hidden them in Google's autocorrect. But STAY GOLD is our first-ever permanent outdoor public art work, and we couldn't be more excited about it.
Here are some pictures of previous O, Miami projects:
Finally, here's a sneak peek at an early image from the zine ($100 reward tier) that Jessy is making to commemorate the project and partnership with Robert Is Here.
Risks and challenges
Um, we're poets?
We've done many, many public art projects, so we know how things JUST REFUSE TO GO ACCORDING TO PLAN!
And this is the biggest public art project we've ever attempted, so we feel like we're right to be nervous about it.
What makes us feel better is that we have amazing collaborators. Jessy is an extremely talented and experienced artist. Our fabrication partner, ALT BLD, has done way more complicated installations than this one, and the family at Robert Is Here has been a great partner at every step along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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